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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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April 11, 2014

mauban | cagbalete island: from dusk to dawn

Cagbalete: Crepuscular Rays

There is nothing that makes a place lovelier than a grand light display during sunrise or sunset. And wherever my trip is, sunrise/sunset shoot will always be in the itinerary :)

Related post: Return to the island paradise called Cagbalete

A recent trip to Cagbalete island yielded some photos I really like. We practically chased the colors from dusk till dawn, staying up late and waking up really early to catch the Pacific sunrise. [See island location in Wikimapia]

Sabang sunset

We marched from the eastern side where are staying to Sabang, the fishing village in the western tip of the island that also serves as the port, and got greeted by crepuscular rays. It was as if the sun was desperately trying not to let some clouds get in the way of its sunset light show.

Cagbalete: Crepuscular Rays

There was a flurry of activities as some boats arrived to dock for the night. Some are ferrying island hoppers after a day in the sun, some were carry supplies.

Cagbalete: Dusk

But amidst all these activities is a sense of calm and serenity. I notice a couple of folks quietly enjoying the dusk.

Cagbalete: Sunset Watchers

the Milky Way 

In places like this where there is very minimal light pollution, would be able to see how beautiful the night sky really is. Suddenly there are more stars (it also helped that the moon has already set), and behold: the part of the Milky Way!. The shot below was taken at 4AM when we were getting ready to hike to our planned sunrise location.

Cagbalete: Milky Way

Pacific dawn

It was about 1.7 km hike to the mangrove patch from Villa Cleofas. A friend accompanied me while the rest of our group were chasing dreams in slumber-land. Tide was rising and by the time we got there water was about knee high at about 20 meters from the shore [already high considering during the lowtide, the water recedes more than 800m from the shore!]

Cagbalete: Twilight

At first the clouds showed little promise. Twilight has passed and the clouds were bland and gray. My friend threw in the towel and retreated to the shore, took some photos using his phone and posted status messages. Sunrise fail. But then just when the sun was about to break the horizon, there was a burst of orange and pink. Lesson: it ain't over till the fat lady sings.

Cagbalete: Sunrise

Nature's grandeur

It was amazing how during the the short time we stayed in the island, it was able to show us its different moods and colors. It may not always be true for all destinations, but keep an open eye and you might get lucky :). 

Cagbalete: Grand Clouds
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